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Cigar Review | Foundation The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 Toro

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out Foundation Cigar Company’s newest offering. The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 is a follow up to the original Tabernacle release. For this review, I smoke the Toro. This 6 x 52 parejo retails for $11.50. It features a Connecticut Havana Seed CT #142 wrapper concealing a Mexican San Andres binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras.

It should be noted this stick is one of the most perfectly rolled cigars I’ve seen in quite a long time. The silky smooth wrapper produces chocolate and leather while I smell rich tobacco. The cold draw gives me a hint of raisin flavor.

Once lit, there’s an oily earth which I can best describe as olive oil mixed with dirt. Through the nose, I find sweet cocoa and marshmallow. The finish hits me with leather and subtle black pepper.

Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, cocoa blends with black pepper and leather. Through the nose, there is an exceptionally delicious combo of sweet cocoa and marshmallow almost like a hot chocolate. The finish offers black pepper and leather alongside earth. Both strength and body settle in at medium.

One hour passes, and I see the second third wisp away. There’s more cocoa and black pepper on the tongue with the addition of graham cracker. The retro-hale continues to delight with a transition to more of a Snicker’s bar flavor with nougat, cocoa, and nuttiness. The finish gives me a blend of spicy black pepper, cedar, and black licorice. Strength and body both bump up slightly to medium-to-full.

One hour and forty-five minutes in, the final third finishes. I pick up some cocoa, espresso, and leather on the draw. Through the nose, there is another transition with flavors of cocoa, black pepper, and cinnamon. The finish ramps up with bold black pepper, black licorice, and orange peel. This third brought strength and body to a hefty full.

The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT #142 by Foundation Cigar Co. is one of the best cigars I’ve smoked in a long time. It’s a phenomenal blend that astonishes the palate with a great deal of complexity and dessert-like flavors. Construction is absolutely perfect, and smoke pours off this gem. It’s a must try and multiple-box worthy cigar I highly recommend.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Warped La Relatos The First

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Warped La Relatos The First. Around 10 years ago, this cigar made its original appearance and now returns for more. This 6 x 38 Petit Lancero retails for $9.30 and looks to be perfectly rolled. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers.

Warped La Relatos

Pre-light, the draw gives me some oaky bourbon flavor. The wrapper produces a hay aroma while I smell dried fruit out of the foot. Once lit, I pick up toast with cedar. Through the nose, potent white pepper, cedar, and toast blend together. The finish consists of spicy pepper with caramel.

Twenty minutes in, the first third closes out. I pick up salty cedar with hazelnut and black pepper on the draw. Through the nose, spicy ginger blends with white pepper. The finish hits me with caramel and graham cracker. Strength and body settles in at medium.

The second third gets me to forty-five minutes. I find similar flavors on the draw with no distinguishable changes. On the retro-hale, cedar carries through with more ginger and caramel. The finish offers leather on top of smoky oak and more caramel. Both strength and body remain at the medium mark.

The final third pulls through to one hour and simplifies the flavor profile. On the draw, I pick up black pepper and leather. Through the nose, toast blends with white pepper. The finish sees no change with more leather, smoky oak, and caramel. Strength and body finish out at medium.

Warped La Relatos

Warped La Relatos The First is an excellent cigar. It offers a thoroughly enjoyable flavor experience with moderate complexity and perfect construction. It’s a pretty quick smoke, so don’t expect this one to last much more than an hour. It’s a return hit from Warped, and if you like any of their other blends, you’ll surely enjoy this. I highly recommend it!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Southern Draw Cedrus The Hogan

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the Southern Draw Cedrus The Hogan. This Belicoso Fino comes in at 5 ½ x 52 and retails for $11.99. These come packed in unique boxes of 10 with each cigar standing upright. The cigar was made to honor Phil and Shelly Hogan, friends and early supporters of the brand. The blend features an Indonesian Sumatra Bosuki TBN wrapper concealing a Nicaraguan Habano binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Southern Draw Cedrus

The wrapper produces a light leathery aroma, while I smell raisin out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up wine notes. Once lit, this stick blows tons of smoke. The draw offers cedar with sweet cocoa. Through the nose, I find more cedar with spicy nuttiness. The finish hits me with red pepper, cocoa, and molasses.

Southern Draw Cedrus

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up a hint of cedar with raisin and brown sugar. Through the nose, red pepper and cinnamon mix. The finish gives me cinnamon with roasted coffee and light molasses. Strength settles at a medium while body is very full.

Southern Draw Cedrus

The second third finishes at forty-five minutes. The draw offers toast with more cedar and distinct flavor of sunflower seeds. On the retro-hale, I’m greeted with more cinnamon alongside coffee. The finish consists of bold espresso with fading molasses notes and hints of vanilla. Both strength and vanilla sit at medium-to-full.

Southern Draw Cedrus

One hour and fifteen minutes in, the final third wraps up. Brown sugar returns on the draw with cinnamon and some sweet cocoa. There is no change through the nose. I find flowery earth, citrus, and molasses on the finish. Strength and body finish out at a solid medium-to-full.

The Southern Draw Cedrus The Hogan is a phenomenal cigar. It hits all the right notes on flavor pulling you back in with every puff, and there’s enough complexity to keep things interesting. Every minute of this smoke is a treat. Construction is top notch, and smoke output is plentiful. If you haven’t tried this cigar, you’re missing out. Watch for this to hit top 25 lists everywhere.

Smoke on!

-CutLightSmoke

Cigar Review | Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Belicoso Fino

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Pappy Van Winkle Tradition. For this review, I smoke the 5 x 50 Belicoso Fino. This cigar features a silky smooth Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper on top of an Indonesian binder with fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The retail price for this stick is a whopping $25.

Pappy Van Winkle Tradition

The wrapper puts off a raisin aroma, while I smell raisin and hay out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up airy oak. Once lit, I get some light cedar on the tongue with a salty, creaminess. Through the nose, I find toast and caramel. On the finish, there is cedar and black pepper.

The first third finishes after twenty minutes. On the draw, I get a simple mix of cedar and toast. Through the nose, a bland cedar pairs with a grassy flavor. The finish offers up black pepper alongside cinnamon and hints of cedar. Strength and body settle in at the medium mark.

Pappy Van Winkle Tradition

Forty minutes in, the second third closes out. I pick up earth and more cedar on the draw. On the retro-hale, sweet almond and toast pair up. Black pepper and leather dominate the finish. There is no change to strength or body.

The final third comes to an end at one hour. On the draw, I find earth and cedar. Through the nose, spicy toast takes over. The finish gives me bitter earth and some black pepper. Strength and body finish out at the medium mark.

Pappy Van Winkle Tradition

The Pappy Van Winkle Tradition missed the mark for me. It offers minimal complexity with unpleasant flavors popping up throughout. Construction was perfect, but this thing just didn’t deliver, especially when you consider the price. At $25, this cigar is very over-priced and it can’t compete with other sticks in the same price range. If you don’t mind dropping the coin, try it out, and let me know your thoughts. Otherwise, I recommend giving this one a pass.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. Red Label Toro Extra

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. Red Label in the Toro Extra size. This 6.5×56 cigar features a straight tail cap and a very Cuban-esque appearance. It is a Nicaraguan Puro – meaning all tobacco in the blend is Nicaraguan – with a silky smooth Jalapa wrapper. It retails for $12.95.

Regius Exclusivo U.S.A Red Label

The wrapper puts off a damp grass aroma while I smell toasted nuts out of the foot. On the cold draw, there is a light earth flavor. Once lit, creamy, buttery cedar combines with white pepper. Through the nose, I get very light-bodied cedar. The finish gives me white pepper with more cedar and nuttiness.

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, sweet cream blends with buttery cedar and white pepper. Through the nose, I pick up more cedar with light white pepper. Additional white pepper hits me on the finish with toast and almond. Strength and body settle in at mild-to-medium.

Regius Exclusivo U.S.A Red Label

The second third gets me to fifty-five minutes. Grassy cedar comes through on the draw with more white pepper. The retro-hale offers toast and cedar. On the finish, a mild earth compliments cedar and white pepper. Strength and body remain consistent at mild-to-medium.

The final third wraps up at one hour and thirty minutes. White pepper notes really pick up in this third with more cedar and light leather on the draw. Through the nose, spicy toast and cinnamon are on display. The finish gives me creamy cedar and toast with even more white pepper. Strength and body jump slightly to medium.

Regius Exclusivo U.S.A Red Label

The Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. Red Label in Toro Extra is a well-blended cigar with very enjoyable flavors. It offers a good amount of complexity and is reminiscent of many Cuban cigars. There were some minor burn issues throughout, but the cigar corrected itself without needing a single touch-up. I recommend giving this one a try.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Glandon Family Matthew

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the Glandon Family Matthew, a product of the Salamanca Cigar Group. This 6×54 Toro features a very dark Sun Grown Nicaraguan Habano wrapper with a double Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua. It retails for $9.25.

Glandon Family Matthew

The wrapper produces an earthy aroma with hay out of the foot. On the cold draw, I pick up faint raisin. Once lit, I get nuttiness with grassy earth and cocoa. The retro gives me damp earth. The finish consists of light black pepper and cedar.

Glandon Family Matthew

Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up salty cedar and grassy earth with cocoa. Through the nose, additional salty cedar blends with rich earth. The finish offers black pepper and nutty oak. Both strength and body settle in at a steady medium.

Glandon Family Matthew

After an hour and ten minutes, the second third wraps up. Cocoa takes charge on the draw on top of black pepper and earth. The retro-hale gives me sweet and spicy cinnamon with more earth. Cedar explodes on the finish complimented by black pepper. Strength and body jump up to medium-to-full.

Glandon Family Matthew

The final third hits an hour and forty-five minutes before it gets too hot to continue. More cocoa comes through on the draw with an underlying leather and black pepper. Cedar and cinnamon come through the nose with some earth. On the draw, I find smoky almond with black pepper and cedar. Strength and body finish at medium-to-full.

The Glandon Family Matthew is another fine smoke put out by the Salamanca Cigar Group. It’s a complex blend with deep, enjoyable flavors. Construction is great, and it burns a good while. Alan Fonseca hit another home run with this stick. I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Maya Selva Flor de Selva Maduro Grand Pressé

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review the Maya Selva Flor de Selva Maduro in the Grand Pressé size. This 6×56 box-pressed stick features a Honduran Natural Maduro wrapper covering a Brazilian binder and fillers from Honduras. It retails for $11.75.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Maduro

Pre-light, the wrapper gives off a leather aroma, and I smell cocoa and earth out of the foot. The cold draw gives me light blueberry flavor. Once lit, I pick up spicy leather, rich cocoa, and earth. Through the nose, red pepper blends with cocoa and graham cracker. The finish offers black pepper and cocoa with an oily earth and leather combo.

After thirty minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up dark cocoa with clove and leather. Through the nose, I find graham cracker with a buttery cedar. The finish hits me with spicy plum notes on top of black pepper and oak. Strength settles in at medium-to-full.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Maduro

An hour and ten minutes in, the second third wraps up. There is more cocoa on the draw with a vegetal earth on top of black pepper. The retro-hale gives me more buttery cedar with added cocoa. On the finish, leather and black pepper are the stars of the show. There is no change to strength or body.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Maduro

The final third gets me to one hour and forty-five minutes. More delicious cocoa comes through on the draw with spicy cinnamon and black pepper. The retro-hale sees the return of graham cracker, and I also find grassy notes with spice. On the finish, there is more leather and black pepper with cocoa. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Maya Selva Flor de Selva Maduro

The Maya Selva Flor de Selva Maduro Grand Pressé is an excellent cigar with loads of rich flavor. It delivers an impressive profile in its voluminous clouds of smoke and never gets boring. Construction is solid, and the price is reasonable. This is a must-try cigar that I highly recommend.

Smoke on!
-Noah (CutLightSmoke)